Kambui Hills Forest Reserve

Country/territory: Sierra Leone

IBA criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2001)
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Area: 21,228 ha

Conservation Society of Sierra Leone
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2005 favourable medium low
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Site description (2001 baseline)
Located in the south-east of the country, Kambui Hills Forest Reserve comprises two major blocks, Kambui North (20,348 ha) and Kambui South (880 ha). The two areas are divided by the main road linking Kenema, 10 km to the east, with the town of Bo. The Forest Reserve occurs on steep slopes, reaching 645 m in Kambui North. The reserve acts as a catchment area for a number of reservoirs that supply Kenema and surrounding communities. The vegetation is predominantly mature secondary moist forest with semi-deciduous forest on the slopes, and farmbush and thicket on the lower plains and the fringes of the reserve.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Over 200 species of bird have been recorded, including five species of global conservation concern.

Non-bird biodiversity: The following primates occur: Pan troglodytes verus (EN), Procolobus badius (LR/nt), Colobus polykomus (LR/nt), Cercocebus atys (LR/nt) and Cercopithecus diana (VU). Other threatened mammals known include Loxodonta africana cyclotis (EN) and the duikers Cephalophus jentinki (VU), C. niger (LR/nt) and C. maxwelli (LR/nt).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Kambui Hills Forest Reserve. Downloaded from on 29/02/2024.